Top 6 Worst Drafts in Portland Trail Blazer History

Wes Murry@wamurryContributor IIIJune 29, 2012

Top 6 Worst Drafts in Portland Trail Blazer History

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    The Portland Trail Blazers just completed their draft—hopefully a good one.  In previous years, they have had some of the worst picks in NBA history, picking failed professionals over Hall of Famers.  

    Despite having a good amount of top picks over the years, the Blazers' front office has committed some of the worst draft blunders in professional sports history. 

    Slide through to see the top six erroneous draft errors the Blazers have made.

No. 6 (1973): The Selection of Barry Parkhill

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    Barry Parkhill was the No. 15 overall pick.  He chose to play in the ABA instead, retiring after three sub-par seasons, two with the Virginia Squires and one with the Spirits of St. Louis.  

    He served briefly as the assistant coach of the University of Virginia, William & Mary College and the Navy.  He was also— albeit briefly—the head coach for William & Mary College and Saint Michael's College.  

    The Blazers essentially wasted their top pick in the 1973 draft.

No. 5 (2006): The Selection of Tyrus Thomas

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    This is a bad draft choice that has a good ending. 

    Luckily, the Blazers were unhappy with their selection of Thomas, the No. 5 overall pick.  They swapped him, along with forward Viktor Khryapa, for LaMarcus Aldridge

    Thomas has averaged 7.9 points per game between the Bulls and Bobcats, while Aldridge has averaged 17.8 points per game and made the All-Star Game last season.  

    The trade was excellent, but the pick was poor.

No. 4 (1976): Wally Walker over Robert Parrish

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    Wally Walker is best known as the former CEO/President of the former Seattle Supersonics. He was also a Sonic for most of his career.  

    Walker enjoyed a very successful career in Seattle, engineering the magic years of the 1990s as well as the trade that brought Ray Allen to the Key Arena.  

    Walker was also a not-so-good basketball player who was drafted ahead of Celtics legend Robert Parrish. Walker averaged 7.0 points and 1.5 assists per game in eight seasons (mostly with the Sonics).

No. 3 (1972): LaRue Martin over Bob McAdoo and Julius Erving

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    McAdoo and Erving are in the Hall of Fame.  LaRue Martin played four years in the NBA (all with the Blazers) and averaged 5.3 points per game.  This snippet from Wikipedia tells you just about all you need to know: 

    Over his 4-year stint, Martin totaled over 1,400 points; number 2 overall pick McAdoo totaled over 1,400 points in his rookie year alone.

    Martin prematurely retired at the end of the 1975-76 season, one year before the Blazers won their first NBA championship (1977). In four seasons he averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

    Martin received a B.A. in sociology with a minor in education from Loyola.  Since August 2005, he has worked as the Community Services Manager for UPS.

    Pretty bad draft choice.

No. 2 (2007): Greg Oden over Kevin Durant

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    In 2008, the Blazers had the top pick in the draft, while the Seattle Supersonics had the second pick.  The often injured, yet highly skilled center was chosen first by the Blazers; the Sonics then drafted Kevin Durant.  

    Durant won the Rookie of the Year Award, and has brought the now-Oklahoma City Thunder to three consecutive playoff appearances, while becoming the scoring champion and an All-Star the last three years.  

    Oden has played in just 82 games over two years, spending his first, fourth and fifth seasons on the disabled list.

No. 1: (1984) Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton

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    The 1984 NBA draft consisted of some of the best players in basketball history.  The Houston Rockets had the top pick, followed by the Blazers and then the Chicago Bulls.  

    The Rockets drafted Hakeem Olajuwon.  The Blazers passed on Michael Jordan, and so the Bulls drafted him.  Charles Barkley went to the 76ers with the No. 5 pick and the Utah Jazz selected John Stockton with the No. 16 pick.  

    Sam Bowie, the Blazers' pick, had an injury-filled 11-year career with the Blazers, Nets and Lakers.  Bowie over Jordan is probably the worst draft choice in NBA history.